Frequently Asked Questions

Students are offered CPE Courses through distance education.  There are three main elements: small group interaction with one’s peers and supervisor-educator, online learning modules and an internship.

CPE provides a reflective and relational learning environment that fosters growth, personal and pastoral development. Such an environment involves mutual trust, respect, openness, challenge, and confrontation in a respectful and caring manner. Students are expected to be self-directed and explore one’s theological framework as it applies and is integrated into one’s abilities to practice compassionate pastoral care.

Students are expected to develop a learning contract appropriate to their learning needs and congruent with CPEI’s Objectives and Learning Outcomes.  The learning goals are to be uno their specific learning issues and measurable. In some cases, these may be modified at mid-course as one gains new insight.

The certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education comprises four courses (CPE 100-400) or 1600 hours. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is about change, transition, and transformation and involves group and individual supervision as part of an action-reflection-action learning process. Each course requires completing 400 hours (100 hours) of structured and unstructured learning and (300 hours) of an internship. Students will receive a certificate after the four courses.

Yes, students can enroll as special students to complete one course.

Students identify internship sites that provide opportunities for them to practice the art of pastoral care. CPEI approves the internship site, and students must submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the site coordinator, which details the information about CPEI and the responsibilities of the CPE Faculty (Supervisor-Educator), the student, and the site coordinator. Based on the student’s needs, more than one site may be used at the time; however, each site must have a site coordinator, and a separate MOU is required. Also, students are required to submit a weekly log of hours which becomes part of their record in Populi, with a copy provided to the Site Coordinator. At the end of the Course, the Site Coordinator also submits an assessment of the student’s work and affirms the student’s hours. 

Internship Manual

Internship MOU

Once an application has been received, the applicant will be contacted by CPEI or one of the CPEI Affiliates to schedule an interview.  Applicants approved for the Certificate Programs in CPE or Supervisory CPE will be accepted into the course and term they have applied for and will be sent an email with their course information as well as their acceptance letter as well and an enrollment agreement, which must be signed and returned.

Upon completion of the enrollment letter, CPEI’s Registrar will enroll them in the correct course. NOTE: Students will need to sign a new enrollment agreement for each course.

Yes, students will receive a final evaluation which addresses the learning outcomes and assigned a grade based on the following scale. 

Letter Grade

Points

Category

Evaluation

A+

100-96

Exemplary

Exceeded Learning Outcomes

A

95-91

Exemplary

Nearly Exceeded Learning Outcomes

B+

90-86

Competent

Met Learning Outcomes

B

85-81

Competent

Nearly Met Learning Outcomes

B-

80-76

Developing

Making Progress Toward Learning Outcomes

C+

75-71

Developing

Making Some Progress Toward Learning Outcomes

C

70

Minimal

Minimally Beginning to Address Learning Outcomes

Students are awarded a certificate at the end of each course and a formal certificate for completing the certificate program in which they are enrolled.

Most courses are scheduled for 12 week and 16 week terms. A typical week requires students to meet with their supervisor-educator and peer group approximately 3-4 hours per week and complete the required learning modules. In addition, students are required to complete 300 internship hours.

CPEI’s educational programs are distance education, which includes engagement and preparatory learning and allows for greater involvement of students due to geographical limitations. In a few situations, students may live near an Affiliate site and select to meet face-to-face or online for small group and individual supervision. We call this “hybrid,” and students and CPEI’s faculty are free to choose this option. There are no CPEI classroom locations.

Yes, CPEI does accept credit transferred from other pastoral cognate organizations or educational institutions; however, the following guidelines must be adhered to.

Students may submit official transcripts (preferably) or a certificate of completion from another Clinical Pastoral Education organization or educational institution indicating the completion of previous CPEcourses or units. The transcript or certificate must be from a pastoral care cognate organization that is either recognized by the US Dept of Education or an active member of the Commission on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS).

The process includes students completing the Request to Transfer of Credit for CPE or Supervisory Education Coursework or Unit.

NOTE: If approved, only one course/unit or 25% of the Certificate for CPEor SEC is allowable.

There is no guarantee that coursework completed with CPEI will automatically be approved by another CPE or Educational institution. The receiving institution will determine the outcome of any transfer requests.

Unfortunately, CPEI does not allow for exemptions to the admission or credit for previous training,experiences, or experiential learning. This includes but is not limited to prior ministry experience or coursework which may have included chaplaincy training.

Supervisory Education

The certificate in CPE Supervisory Education assists students interested in becoming CPE Supervisors-Educators. The process involves gaining the knowledge and skills needed to make a lasting difference in the lives of others through the advancement of one’s supervisory practice. In the supervisory education program, students learn to develop critical thinking, supervisory, and leadership skills. Each course consists of 400 hours of observation and practice of supervision and the development of one’s supervisory theory.

  • Due to changing academic and theological culture, CPEI has adopted the following options for individuals who may have chosen graduate education other than a Master of Divinity.

Associate Supervisor-Educator

  • A graduate theological degree (minimum of 36 hours)
  • Four courses/units of CPE 1600 hours of CPE.

Supervisor-Educator

  • A graduate theological degree (minimum of 72 hours) or equivalent from an accredited school
  • Four courses/units of CPE (1600 hours)

Once an application has been received, the applicant will be contacted by CPEI or one of the CPEI Affiliates to schedule an interview.  Applicants approved for the Certificate Programs in CPE or Supervisory CPE will be accepted into the course and term they have applied for and will be sent an email with their course information as well as their acceptance letter as well and an enrollment agreement, which must be signed and returned.

Upon completion of the enrollment letter, CPEI’s Registrar will enroll them in the correct course. NOTE: Students will need to sign a new enrollment agreement for each course.

Yes, students will receive a final evaluation which addresses the learning outcomes and assigned a grade based on the following scale. 

Letter Grade

Points

Category

Evaluation

A+

100-96

Exemplary

Exceeded Learning Outcomes

A

95-91

Exemplary

Nearly Exceeded Learning Outcomes

B+

90-86

Competent

Met Learning Outcomes

B

85-81

Competent

Nearly Met Learning Outcomes

B-

80-76

Developing

Making Progress Toward Learning Outcomes

C+

75-71

Developing

Making Some Progress Toward Learning Outcomes

C

70

Minimal

Minimally Beginning to Address Learning Outcomes

Students are awarded a certificate at the end of each course and a formal certificate for completing the certificate program in which they are enrolled.

Supervisory Education is divided into four courses (SEC 600-900). 

  • SEC 600: The initial supervisory education course provides the supervisory student the opportunity to observe and practice the art of supervision while developing an awareness of the supervisory process and basic supervisory skills, to research a variety of human development theorists and group dynamics, to write an integrative autobiography, a final evaluation, and initiate a self-care plan.
  • SEC 700: The second supervisory education course provides the student the opportunity to practice the art of supervision while supervising and evaluating students, increasing one’s knowledge and skills in supervision, multiculturalism, adult learning theories, to develop a theory of human development in pastoral supervision, and to increasingly demonstrating the ability to manage a CPE Course and practice healthy self-care.
  • SEC 800: The third supervisory education course, or Part I of the Capstone Assignment, provides the supervisory student the opportunity to continue practicing the art of supervision while supervising and evaluating students, increasing one’s knowledge and skills in supervision, addressing ethical issues, integrating a theory of pastoral supervision, developing one’s theory of adult learning, group dynamics and multiculturalism, and to increasingly demonstrating the ability to manage a CPE Course and practice healthy self-care.
  • SEC 900: The fourth supervisory education course, or Part II of the Candidate’s Capstone Assignment, provides the supervisory student the opportunity to organize and practice the art of supervision while supervising and evaluating students using one’s increased knowledge and skills in supervision and preparation for review and approval by the CPEI Certification Committee.

Supervisory Candidates are expected to apply for chaplain certification before or within the first year of supervisory education.

Yes, CPEI does accept credit transferred from other pastoral cognate organizations or educational institutions; however, the following guidelines must be adhered to.

Students may submit official transcripts (preferably) or a certificate of completion from another Clinical Pastoral Education organization or educational institution indicating the completion of previous CPEcourses or units. The transcript or certificate must be from a pastoral care cognate organization that is either recognized by the US Dept of Education or an active member of the Commission on Ministry in Specialized Settings (COMISS).

The process includes students completing the Request to Transfer of Creditfor CPE or Supervisory Education Coursework or Unit.

NOTE: If approved, only one course/unit or 25% of the Certificate for CPE or SEC is allowable.

There is no guarantee that coursework completed with CPEI will automatically be approved by another CPE or Educational institution. The receiving institution will determine the outcome of any transfer requests.

Unfortunately, CPEI does not allow for exemptions to the admission or credit for previous training,experiences, or experiential learning. This includes but is not limited to prior ministry experience or coursework which may have included chaplaincy training.